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An Independent Baptist Church will tend to hold to traditional Baptist standards of music (hymns, no contemporary or rock music), Bible versions (King James Version only), and administration (single, male pastor, deacons as church servants). This is not always the case, and many of the churches listed within this category may not take the same stance, but this is typically what you can expect when you visit one of these churches. Be sure to check out the Tags on their listing page on this site, or visit their Statement of Faith, to find out for sure what each independent Baptist church stands for.
An Independent Baptist Church is an independent, autonomous, local body of believers, called out of the world for the purpose of glorifying God and preaching the gospel. 2 Corinthians 5 gives us the motive for our commission ("for the love of Christ constraineth us"), the means for preaching the commission ("the ministry of reconciliation"), and the method for communicating this commission ("the word of reconciliation"). The New Testament believer, as a part of an independent Baptist church, should be administering this ministry, the ministry of Reconciliation, in the darkness of the lost world around him.